Tackling poverty with yoga

Tackling poverty with yoga

Yoga and quinoa: weapons in China’s war on poverty
There are no designer yoga mats or slinky Lululemon crops here. The grandmas and grandpas of Yugouliang village in northern China don’t need the pricey gear as they flex into Downward Dog or Warrior II. The residents of this poverty-stricken hamlet can’t afford it anyway. Sporting blue headscarves, red socks and flower-print shirts, a few women giggle and clap as others flow into their practice. Their instructor, an unlikely yoga guru in his black sweater and linen pants, patiently directs the open-air class. Lu Wenzhen is a Communist Party secretary-turned-yoga instructor. In this small and impoverished village in Hebei province, Lu is determined to lift everyone out of poverty – with yoga
Yoga and quinoa: weapons in China’s war on poverty
Ending rural poverty, one downward dog at a time
In Yugouliang, yoga is not for the rich and privileged. Twice a day, residents of this impoverished village in China’s northern Hebei province gather for yoga sessions. It helps these elderly farmers, most of whom have lost the ability to work due to illness, improve their health and regain strength. But their plan for yoga goes beyond health – they want to generate income too.  China has an ambitious plan to eliminate extreme poverty by 2020. The political will behind this nationwide poverty reduction campaign is massive, but can it succeed? We take you to see how Yugouliang has adopted an unconventional method to end poverty. For more on China’s unique model of poverty reduction and the ch
Ending rural poverty, one downward dog at a time